$35,612
Avg. Salary
$12.71
Avg. Hourly Rate

Average additional compensation:

$349

Bonus

$20.00

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The average pay for an Early Childhood Educator (ECE) is $12.71 per hour.

The average pay for an Early Childhood Educator (ECE) is $35,612 per year.

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MEDIAN $35,612
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$0$57K
Salary $22,481 - $57,003
Bonus $96.43 - $2,400
Profit Sharing $20.00
Total Pay (?
XTotal Pay combines base annual salary or hourly wage, bonuses, profit sharing, tips, commissions, overtime pay and other forms of cash earnings, as applicable for this job. It does not include equity (stock) compensation, cash value of retirement benefits, or the value of other non-cash benefits (e.g. healthcare).
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$20,269 - $46,152
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 17 Mar 2019
  • Individuals Reporting: 448
Hourly Data $0$26
Hourly Rate $9.52 - $18.51
Hourly Tips $0.17
Overtime $13.58 - $26.37
Annual Data $0$46K
Bonus $96.43 - $2,400
Profit Sharing $20.00
Total Pay (?
XTotal Pay combines base annual salary or hourly wage, bonuses, profit sharing, tips, commissions, overtime pay and other forms of cash earnings, as applicable for this job. It does not include equity (stock) compensation, cash value of retirement benefits, or the value of other non-cash benefits (e.g. healthcare).
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$20,269 - $46,152
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 17 Mar 2019
  • Individuals Reporting: 906

Job Description for Early Childhood Educator (ECE)

Children who receive the proper attention early on in life will do better during their educational years. That’s what early childhood educators do; they provide all the important skills a child needs to be successful. Studies have shown that children between ages 3-6 who receive social activities, educational concepts and creative skills are better prepared for their school years. Interaction with parents, caregivers and teachers are the first step to a well-rounded child. Educators who focus on motor skills, writing, reading and emotional development can give a child what they need to succeed. Social relations through play are also important; it’s a chance for children to learn how to share, create relationships and to work well as team. Other roles include make believe, engaging, stimulation and mental development. Early childhood nutrition is another important aspect to creating a healthy lifestyle, teaching children how to take care of themselves through eating well and being clean will last them lifetime. It’s essential for educators to provide a safe environment for young students; this will help them grow with self-confidence. Children love routine, they also are able to follow directions better from those they trust and respect. Teachers play an important role in maintaining these good daily habits. Educators also are able to detect behavioral problems early on so having a relationship with parents at this stage is critical for correcting such issues. Communication between child, teacher and parent can be the single most important thing when it comes to early childhood education. (Copyright 2019 PayScale.com)

Early Childhood Educator (ECE) Tasks
  • Plan and lead educational activities and lessons like story time, making music, or crafts.
  • Write reports on students for supervisors and document behavioral or learning concerns.
  • Communicate with parents about programs, problems, lessons, and student progress.
  • Maintain safe, clean facilities, and teach children rules of safe conduct.

Popular Employer Salaries for Early Childhood Educator (ECE)


Early Childhood Educators seeking a sizable paycheck can earn the most at The Goddard School for Early Childhood Development, where the average salary comes to $29K.

Common Career Paths for Early Childhood Educator (ECE)


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Early Childhood Educators' salaries may rise greatly for those who assume a higher-end position such as an or Elementary School Kindergarten Preschool Special Education Teacher. The average or Elementary School Kindergarten Preschool Special Education Teacher brings home $40K per year. A Daycare Teacher role is the most prevalent career advancement for Early Childhood Educators. Paychecks for that role are $21K on average. The Elementary School Teacher position is another common transition for Early Childhood Educators; in this role, salaries are typically at the $40K mark.

Early Childhood Educator (ECE) Job Listings

Popular Skills for Early Childhood Educator (ECE)


Early Childhood Educators report using a pretty varied skill set on the job. Most notably, skills in Bilingual, Oral / Verbal Communication, Childhood Education, and Curriculum Planning are correlated to pay that is above average. Skills that pay less than market rate include Activities for Children and Curriculum Planning. Most people experienced in Childhood Education also know Activities for Children.

Pay by Experience Level for Early Childhood Educator (ECE)

Pay by Experience for an Early Childhood Educator (ECE) has a positive trend. An entry-level Early Childhood Educator (ECE) with less than 5 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $27,000 based on 355 salaries provided by anonymous users. Average total compensation includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay. An Early Childhood Educator (ECE) with mid-career experience which includes employees with 5 to 10 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $29,000 based on 191 salaries. An experienced Early Childhood Educator (ECE) which includes employees with 10 to 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $32,000 based on 185 salaries. An Early Childhood Educator (ECE) with late-career experience which includes employees with greater than 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $33,000 based on 87 salaries.

Pay Difference by Location

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8%

National Average: $29,069

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Surpassing the national average by 70 percent, Early Childhood Educators in San Diego receive some of the highest pay in the country. Early Childhood Educators can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Washington (+45 percent), New York (+45 percent), Los Angeles (+43 percent), and Pittsburgh (+28 percent). Early Childhood Educators in Atlanta earn salaries far below the national average by 25 percent, proving that geography overwhelmingly affects the pay scale for those in this field. Below-median salaries also turn up in Orlando and Houston (16 percent lower and 12 percent lower, respectively).

Early Childhood Educator (ECE) Reviews

Q: What is it like working as an Early Childhood Educator (ECE)?

Early Childhood Educator (ECE) in Watertown:
"Wonderful."
Pros: Amazing opportunities
Cons: Consistency

Early Childhood Educator (ECE) in North Brunswick:
"Well rewarding."
Pros: Helping families
Cons: The salary stays the same after 18 yesrs

Early Childhood Educator (ECE) in Thomaston:
"Make a difference."
Love what you do! And make a difference in children's lives.

Early Childhood Educator (ECE) in New York:
"It's harder than it looks."
Anyone interested in educating young children must keep in mind that teaching requires many skills--patience, understanding, ability to practice positive discipline. It takes more than just knowing your subject matter. It is important to understand children and their respective environments, both in school and at home. You must realize that you don't only have to teach 'subjects', you have to educate children...and sometimes even families. It can be extra challenging in this age of test taking, but it is equally important to focus on the process. It is the best way to at least attempt to meet each individual child's needs. We must learn to teach for understanding, not for test-taking.

Early Childhood Educator (ECE) in Ontario:
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Key Stats for Early Childhood Educator (ECE)

Gender

Female
96 %
Male
4 %

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 166 votes.
Less than 1 year
4%
1-4 years
38%
5-9 years
22%
10-19 years
23%
20 years or more
13%

Experience Affects Early Childhood Educator (ECE) Salaries

▲14%

▲10%

National Average
$29,000

▼2%

▼8%

Skills That Affect Early Childhood Educator (ECE) Salaries

Bilingual
▲7%

Oral / Verbal Communication
▲2%

National Average
$29,000

Childhood Education
▼1%



Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 166 votes.

Gender

Female
96 %
Male
4 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
4%
1-4 years
38%
5-9 years
22%
10-19 years
23%
20 years or more
13%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 57%
dental benefits
Dental: 47%
vision benefits
Vision: 38%
no benefits
None: 40%